Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter EGGstravaganza's 2011!!

Easter has been streeetched out for us over the past few weeks, which is great for me because it has always been one of my very favorite holidays.  I don't know if it's because it is close to my birthday, or because I love the great music at church on Easter morning, or if it's because I absolutely LOVE Easter egg hunts...regardless, I find everything about this holiday quite refreshing and special.

When my dad was here a few weeks ago, I was able to bake and decorate Easter cookies:

We also had the pleasure of having Sara, Matthew and Hunter in town with us the weekend before Easter for Sara's spring break.  Among other fun things, we were able to do some Easter egg dying.  Hunter wasn't so much into it, and Chase really was intrigued by the stickers... but Matthew and I had a blast!

 sideways...but you get the picture
Chase looks very annoyed that this picture interrupted his sticker session.

Thankfully, Jason had Good Friday off, and Chase man didn't have school, so we went into Charlotte for an Easter Bunny Brunch.  My sister and family were in town last year for this event and we had a ball, so I really wanted to go again.  Luckily, it was on Good Friday; we headed to ATL Saturday morning to spend Easter with family.  Last year, the Easter Bunny was a bit scary for Chase

Easter 2010:

This year, Chase had a little man crush on the Easter Bunny... Chase viewed the Easter Bunny like a celebrity- really it was quite precious...take a look:

Easter 2011:
 Look Mom, it's the Easter Bunny!!

Chase cut in front of another kid to go back up to the Easter Bunny and give him a high five!

Of course, this was brunch and one of my favorite activities this year was the little craft project they had us make out of our english muffins...something I will be sure to replicate for future Easters:
easy AND cute!

Then of course, there was the hunt.  We didn't find the golden egg at this Easter egg hunt...

Saturday morning we headed to Atlanta where my Aunt Cindy and Uncle Dan live.  My grandpa Chase and Uncle Terry also came down for the occasion, as well as my Aunt Shauna and Uncle Tom from Nevada and their children Matt (with his wife Kristen and son TJ) and Emily who flew in from Pennsylvania... wow...
TJ and Chase are about the same age, so it is always fun to see how they will interact together.  Most of the time, they are like two peas in a pod!  They were able to play together in the pool as well as dye some Easter eggs together:
 Uncle Terry and Chase playing with blocks
 In their Easter smocks (thanks Aunt Cindy) ready to dye some eggs!
yikes... this was stressful, yet fun to watch :)

Sunday morning we got up and had a nice private mass at the house held by Fr Terry before we headed out to the St Marlo Easter egg hunt.  Now, contrary to Jason's story, I DID NOT beat up a 7 yr old kid to get a golden egg...I did however tell him that he was a cheater (but he called me one first!)  It's a long story... call me if you want all the details :)
 grandpa and I looking sharp, as always :)
Chase collecting his goodies! 
After the big hunt, we went back to Aunt Cindy's and Uncle Dan's where the Easter Bunny had been and went on a hunt for Chase and Eleanor's easter baskets.  They were in Aunt Cindy's grand bathtub...

After we looked at what the Easter bunny brought Chase, we had yet another egg hunt in Aunt Cindy and Uncle Dan's back yard.... super fun!!  It was getting quite warm though, so some of the miscellaneous chocolate sitting out in the sun got melted.  The rest of the eggs made it!
After the egg hunt... all hot and sweaty
Our prize...err, I mean Chase's prize for finding the golden egg
The Easter Basket hidden by the bunny :)
 he was into the candy (which was VERY limited) immediately!!

Chase in his official easter egg hunting cap at Aunt Cindy's house... too cute!
Ellie in her adorable easter outfit (thanks again Aunt Cindy and Uncle Dan!)
loving pool/hot tub time!
the boys were exhausted, and Chase who rarely naps at all was able to fall asleep on dad... precious :)

After all of that craziness, we got to enjoy Aunt Cindy's marvelous cooking and had pork tenderloin, ham, sweet potatoes, grandma's special rolls, cream puffs and refrigerator cookies (among MANY other things...) It was a FABULOUS weekend and such a special way to spend Easter!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My first month of being a mother of TWO!!

I am happy to report, I have far :)  This double duty business is definitely a little more challenging, but also quite fun.  Ellie turned 1 month old on April 17th, and for her first month of life we really have been busy!  Chase is busy being a big brother... and a great one at that!  I find him consoling her without my help (he gives her her pacifier or "shhh"es her when she is crying while rubbing her head), explaining things to her, and he even asks her at night to sing our Amen song with Jason and I... too cute!

Marie came to visit for a week and a half, and while I enjoyed having the help around, Chase enjoyed playing with his Grandma... and boy can he play hard!  He ran her ragged and Grandma ran him ragged.  It was so much fun to have her here!
 Ellie's first bath
Chase and Grandma working on planting flowers for Mommy!
 Mommy and Chase making daddy's favorite dessert...caramel bars
Grandma and her grand babies!!

Shortly after Marie came, my dad arrived for a little visit and bonding time.  Chase once again took full advantage of having Grandpa here and kept him busy with quality play play play time!!  It was a lot of fun having my dad around.  Of course, I got to reap the benefits of his AMAZING cooking skills... yuuumm!!  I ate like a queen with Dad around- it was bliss!

 Thanks for the wagon, lets go take it for a ride!
Dad and Ellie

We also had Kelly and Bessie stop by for a night on their way back to Indiana...  it was really great to see them, and Kelly was able to get some great photos of my children! 
 My sleepy Little Miss
Classic Chase... pouts with the best of 'em!

All in all, a really great first month as a mother of 2... I truly feel blessed!

Yay! I'm a month old!!